The Definitive Collection

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It seems odd that Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad only had one No. 1 single on the U.S. charts with their über-pop quartet ABBA. From 1972 to 1982, they created some of the most immediate, singable, danceable anthems to ever permeate popular consciousness. This comprehensive two-disc set outdoes their popular Gold: Greatest Hits disc by including every single ABBA release in Scandinavia, remastered and sequenced in mostly chronological order. Carl Magnus Palm’s thorough liner notes detail the drama behind each song on the 37-track set, following the quartet’s rise from Eurovision contenders to double-dating disco biscuits. The rapturous piano gallop of their 1973 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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It seems odd that Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad only had one No. 1 single on the U.S. charts with their über-pop quartet ABBA. From 1972 to 1982, they created some of the most immediate, singable, danceable anthems to ever permeate popular consciousness. This comprehensive two-disc set outdoes their popular Gold: Greatest Hits disc by including every single ABBA release in Scandinavia, remastered and sequenced in mostly chronological order. Carl Magnus Palm’s thorough liner notes detail the drama behind each song on the 37-track set, following the quartet’s rise from Eurovision contenders to double-dating disco biscuits. The rapturous piano gallop of their 1973 contest-winning “Waterloo,” 1982’s synth-pulsing swan song “Under Attack,” and everything in between illustrate Benny and Björn’s songwriting brilliance and Agnetha and Anni-Frid’s unmatched pop vocal genius. This well-deserved retrospective provides a deeper look into the rise, demise, and ultimate staying power of one of the '70s' most beloved groups. And for anyone who only wants "the hits" -- this is the only ABBA collection you'll ever need.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The titles of hits compilations always deal in superlatives: "Greatest," "Best," "Very Best" -- but the compilers of this ABBA collection have a special problem justifying the release of yet another such album after the multi-platinum success of 1992's ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits and its 1993 follow-up, More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits. (Indeed, the band was never shy about repackaging, issuing a Greatest Hits LP in 1976 as only its third U.S. album, followed by Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 in 1979 and The Singles [The First Ten Years] in 1982.) They have settled on The Definitive Collection and done their best to live up to the name. The 37-track double CD contains "for the first time exclusively collected in one package, each and every single as conceived and released by ABBA and their record company Polar Music between 1972 and 1982," writes annotator Carl Magnus Palm. That accounts for 30 tracks, with another five consisting of songs individual countries released as singles, notably "When All Is Said and Done" and "The Visitors," which Atlantic in the U.S. put out for chart entries. The remaining two tracks are a single remix of "Ring Ring," being given its first American release, and an extended dance remix of "Voulez-Vous," not previously released commercially. The remastered sound is excellent, and the nearly chronological order of the sequencing allows an appreciation of the band's development from light Europop to a disco-influenced sound and onto a more energetic, new wave-influenced approach, all with compelling melodies and dense arrangements in a Phil Spector Wall of Sound production style. Palm's informative liner notes tell the ABBA story single by single. (Who knew that "The Visitors" is about "the fears of dissidents in the Soviet Union"?) If this doesn't satisfy you, go ahead and buy the group's entire catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731454997423
  • Catalog Number: 549974
  • Sales rank: 6,515

Album Credits

Performance Credits
ABBA Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Composer
Jon Astley Remastering
Phil Cody Composer
Benny Andersson Composer, Producer
Agnetha Fältskog Composer
Michael B. Tretow Engineer, Remastering
Björn Ulvaeus Composer, Producer
Stig Anderson Composer
Anni-Frid Lyngstad Composer
Lotta Friberg Art Direction
Niclas Håkansson Art Direction
Carl Magnus Palm Liner Notes
Marko Söderström Compilation Supervisor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    young girl listenig to oldies

    I love this cd and i'm only 12 years old! this is a cd for people of all ages!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An ABBA Fan

    This is a great addition to my ABBA collection because it has some of their earlier songs as well as the ever popular hits that resurfaced when Mamma Mia appeared on Broadway. It also includes one of my personal favorites, "When All is Said and Done" which is not on the Gold album. One can never own too many ABBA albums. I'm truly a fan, as you can see my pen name was inspired by them:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Scandinavia has to offer in Pop

    This is a great career retrospective on CD. All the major hits are here on a double CD set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mama Mia! Wish it would never end!

    God...what CAN'T I say abou these CD's? The music is fantasmoragical, if such a word can be used. My only real dissapointment came with the fact that the sng "Our Last Summer" wasn't on either CD. I heard the A*Teens version of it and really wish the original was on the CDs. Other than that ,I reveld in old favorites like "Mama Mia" and "Dancing Queen", and found new favorites in "Angeleyes" and "Head Over Heels".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best of the best

    If you love Abba this has everything! a must for Abba fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must-have for every fan of a good pop-tune

    If you don't have any other compilation by this Swedish group you must buy this,they may not have been that succesful in the US,but this is the worlds best selling group of the 70's we're talking about.In my country (Belgium,Europe) they had 15+ number one hits.9 in the UK.Their music is of such quality that some compare it with classical music.People like Bono from U2 and Elvis Costello admit liking and respecting ABBA,being even influenced by them.But it's true others call it trash and low- culture.On the other side:those things were said about jazz and rock 'n roll too,some decades ago.It's just a matter of taste,but if you like a good mix of uptempo pop,some ballads and a touch of 70's dance,all of a fantastic unseen quality,making modern pop producers still jealous,then buy this album!I know ABBA fans aged 3 to 70+.I'm 18 myself,I wasn't even born when they split.This group is known for the fact that parents in the 70's usually told their children to turn it louder instead of turning it off when they played their ABBA records in their room upstairs! That's ABBA.The best popmusic ever made!

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